Pick a couponing goal
What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to save money at the grocery store? Do you want to stock your pantry? Do you want to go out and do some good in the world? Whether you want to reduce your grocery budget or you want to make care packages for the homeless, you have to start with a plan!
Couponing can take up as much or as little time as you want it to! The important thing to know is that YOU control how much time you want to invest in it. Plan on spending a couple hours a week. Then the real work starts with planning/prepping for your shopping trip.
You can start small, and invest just a couple hours per week. There are no rules. After all, time is money. You have to decide how much time is worth how much savings, & stick to your plan. Start with small goals. When you comfortably reach those goals adjust your investment of time to match your new goals. Remember…….you can do this!
Types of coupons
Most grocery stores have manufacturer coupons placed strategically around, which you can easily find if you know where to look. Pay attention to expiration dates, and grab several at a time. You can use these coupons as you shop, but if the item in question is not currently on sale, and the coupon doesn’t expire right away, it’s best to hang on to it until later.
Blinkies are found in the store aisles. Customers can pull them from plastic boxes that have blinking lights on them.
Tear pads are found in the store aisles. They are pads of coupons fixed to the store shelf. You can tear off as many as you think you will need or can use.
Peelies are coupons that you can peel off of the product packaging and use immediately (or keep for later).
Coupon flyers are often available near the front of stores in the turn style or by customer service. Some flyers are also printable.
Printable coupons (Internet coupons AKA IP’s ) There are many sites that offer printable coupons. Some of them are:
Any product you use often check their website. Most manufacturers offer coupons!!!!
Bear in mind that you may be required to install software on your computer in order to print these coupons. The software allows them to track the amount of coupons you can print. Usually, each person can print up to two of each coupon. If you want to have multiple people print two of the same coupon, you will need to use different web browsers or even possibly different computers in order to accomplish this. Most of these coupons are manufacturer’s coupons. These coupons vary and reset each month, but if the same coupon pops up again when it resets, you can print it again
There are many apps you can download on your phone for extra savings such as:
Walmart’s Savings Catcher
How exactly do you do this?
1) Use your coupons! This is the basic, simple method of couponing. Find a coupon for something that you want to buy & use the coupon when you check out. But with some simple strategies, you can save much more.
2) Match ups! There are so many coupon blogs out there that post deals and weekly matchups. The work is almost done for you!!! Check the sites daily for new deals that pop up and follow the blogs on Facebook and Instagram!!!
3) Stack your coupons! You can stack manufacturers & store (or competitor) coupons together for extra savings! You can use coupons on the free items in the Buy 1 Get 1 (BOGO) deals!
4) Get the overages! Sometimes, you will be able to stack enough coupons with a sale that it actually produces an overage, and you will save more than what you spend. Use that overage for other items in your cart!
Don’t be frustrated if you don’t walk away with $200 worth of stuff for $2 on your first trip! It takes time! Make rules for yourself and stick to them. Try strategies, and if those don’t work, try something else.
Don’t get coupon-crazy and waste time clipping coupons that offer discounts on products you will not use. If you don’t have a baby, don’t buy diapers. If you don’t have a cat, don’t be tempted to buy the cat food. Unless these coupons offer you a chance for a big overage, don’t waste your time.
The most important rule of all is to have fun!
Pick a couponing goal